NESS, Evaline. Sam, Bangs & Moonshine. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1966. 26x19.5cm: [35 pp]. Stated First Edition in a first issue price-clipped dust jacket, lacking the Caldecott sticker and any mention of the award on the inner flap. Illustrated blue paper boards with minor bumping to top and bottom of spine. Binding tight. Minor toning on illustrated endpapers. Text block clean and bright, with minor staining to block edge. Original illustrated dust jacket with minor staining to front and back cover, light wear to top spine edge with small tear on lower spine edge, minor creasing across front top and bottom edges of dust jacket, spine slightly discolored and showing moderate creasing. Beautifully illustrated throughout by the author. Near Fine in a Very Good dust jacket.


Evaline Ness won the 1967 Caldecott Medal for this fun and humorous book about a little girl who is learning the difference between reality and make-believe. Before becoming a children’s book illustrator, Ness was a fashion illustrator working for Higbee’s department store in Ohio and Saks Fifth Avenue in New York. After traveling the world, Ness illustrated for many authors and was a Caldecott Honor for three books she illustrated from 1963-65. The University of Minnesota has a collection of “Evaline Ness Papers” and according to the archive: “[Ness] was noted for her ability to work in a variety of media and her innovative and unique illustrations that interweaved text and pictures to create a story that captured a young child’s attention and imagination. This talent is especially evident in her own written works with their girl protagonists and subtle stories that have a backdrop of 'feminism' and present 'real' characters learning about all of life's pleasures, problems, and pains.”

Sam, Bangs & Moonshine


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